Robin Reid writes Real People Slash fanfic — fictional stories about real people having homosexual sex (like, say Ashton Kutcher and Leonardo DiCaprio) and posts it on the Internet. She doesn’t think it might be offensive or embarrassing to the real people involved or to their spouses, children, family and friends. Nor does she care.
Luckily I’m a great big girl with tenure and academic freedom and publication
credit of my own, and I do not think anything that they are putting on the
internet about me is going to cause me problems. I’m pretty much "out" in major
ways on my campus mostly through the medium of my academic writing. My
department hired me, tenured me, and supports Academic Freedom, bless their
However, I want to state that in principle what Lee and Paul Ziggy and Co.
are doing is invasion of privacy and harassment, simple and clear.
Let me see if I have this straight. Writing a story about two real people having sex and distributing it on the Internet isn’t an invasion of privacy or harassment… but quoting a publicly posted biography is. Can someone please explain her "principles" to me? Because I don’t get it.
(Thanks to "Anonymous" for the heads-up).